The Property and Evidence Unit is part of the Detective Bureau of the Sheriff’s Office. The Property and Evidence Unit is responsible for the custody, documentation and preservation of all physical evidence seized or obtained by the Sheriff’s Office. The best physical evidence in the world becomes useless if it is not handled correctly, so this unit takes pride in doing so with complete accuracy..
Two identification technicians, supervised by a homicide sergeant, staff the Property and Evidence Unit. The employees of this unit put in countless hours handling thousands of items of evidence and property stored in more than 30 locations throughout the metropolitan area. A testament to the efficiency of the unit is that it has never (permanently) lost a single piece of physical evidence. The care and attention to detail by the Property and Evidence Unit plays a vital role because it provides direct, critical services for every employee who deals with physical evidence and property. Thousands of items of different varieties are all documented, secured and stored by the Property and Evidence Unit so they can be safely preserved until it is needed in court or returned to its rightful owner.